A silver lining to the pandemic lockdowns a couple years ago has been the remarkable growth of the powersports market. People in search of entertainment options descended upon powersports dealerships and bought motorcycles, dirt bikes, ATVs, UTVs and other machines at a frantic pace.
In 2020, sales of UTVs alone increased 30%. UTVs, also known as side-by-sides, have become increasingly popular over the past several years, and the pandemic only accelerated sales in an already robust market category. In fact, sales of AMSOIL ATV/UTV products jumped 45% from 2019-2020 and another 25% from 2020-2021, led by our popular ATV/UTV oil-change kits for Polaris* and Can-Am* machines.
For Work or Play
Enthusiasts value UTVs for their versatility, which is one reason sales keep increasing. You can divide the category into two subsets:
UTILITY / PLEASURE RIDERS
- 74% of the market
- Use their machines for general enjoyment, chores and property maintenance
- Typically ride on dirt roads, through wooded areas, pastures/fields and on their own land.
- The Polaris Ranger* is the prototypical utility machine and the most popular of its kind
SPORT & TRAIL RIDERS
- 26% of the market and growing
- Typically ride for pleasure on trails, dirt roads and motocross tracks
- Often ride with family and friends while camping, hunting or fishing
- The Can-Am Maverick* is a popular sport UTV
A few years ago, we conducted our UTV Extreme Dyno test in which we put a Polaris Ranger through the paces in our mechanical lab. Despite elevated engine-oil temperatures and increased stress, AMSOIL Synthetic ATV/UTV Motor Oil performed flawlessly and provided excellent protection. Check out the video If the link doesn’t work try youtube.com/AMSOILINC and entering “UTV Extreme Dyno” in the search field. And don’t forget to check out all the other videos on the youtube.com/AMSOILINC page.
SALES SUPPORT FOR SPORT RIDERS
AMSOIL recently conducted another extreme dyno test, this time using a 2021 Can-Am Maverick X3 OS Turbo RR. Its turbocharged engine makes more power than some cars on the road today and propels it to nearly 100 mph (160 km/h).
- 1,500-lb. dry weight
- 195 hp
- 153 lb. ft. torque
- 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 4.3 seconds
- 18 psi boost pressure
We turned it loose in the real world prior to lab testing to establish a baseline for engine temperature, oil temperature, rpm and other measurements. We used this information to design a test plan that pushed the machine beyond real-world conditions to determine if AMSOIL Formula 4-Stroke® Powersports Synthetic Oil (AFF) and SEVERE GEAR® 75W-140 Synthetic Gear Lube (SVO) are capable of delivering reserve protection no matter how hard enthusiasts push their ATV’s.
Can-Am Maverick Extreme Dyno Test
- 100 hours (3,421 miles [5,028 km])
- Periods of wide-open throttle
- 244°F (118°C) max. oil temp.
- Max. 8,000 rpm
- 220°F (104°C) max. transaxle temp.
The test plan included periods of wide-open throttle to simulate climbing a hill or sand dune, for example, followed by periods of mid- and low-throttle to simulate slowing down for a corner or other obstacle. Hitting wide-open throttle and then throttling down creates severe heat cycles that invite deposits and varnish on the pistons, rings, turbo bearing and other components. Stuck rings reduce engine compression, which also reduces power. Excessive piston crown deposits can lead to damaging pre-ignition, while deposits on the turbo bearing or shaft, called turbo coking, can reduce turbo performance and life. The maximum oil temperature we recorded during our pre-test shakedown was 212°F (100°C), while it maxed out at 244 ·F (118°C) during our lab test, illustrating the test’s severity.
After testing, we disassembled the engine and transaxle and examined all critical parts for wear, deposits and other distress.
As the images show, AMSOIL Formula 4-Stroke Powersports Synthetic Oil delivered outstanding protection despite the strenuous operating conditions.
The piston skirt contains no deposits, scuffing or scoring. The piston crown demonstrates normal, light deposits given the extreme conditions. The piston rings remained free and did not stick for maximum engine compression and power.
The turbo bearing appears in like-new condition and contains no deposits or noticeable wear, which is impressive given the extreme heat of the test. The oil performed flawlessly despite the extreme conditions and proved its ability to protect today’s powerful, turbocharged UTV engines for maximum service life and performance.
The transmission gear contains no scuffing, scoring or deposits; it appears in like-new condition. AMSOIL SEVERE GEAR® 75W-140 Synthetic Gear Lube (SVO) was used in the transaxle since the manufacturer requires an SAE 140 gear lube in this application.
Scan the QR Code for a short video that shows these impressive results. Click this link for information on AMSOIL ATV/UTV products or this link for the AMSOIL Severe Gear 75W-140 Gear Lube used in the test.
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